Based on the book The Tale Of Despereaux by Kate DiCamillo, the story takes place in the faraway kingdom of Dor. There a brave and virtuous mouse lived with comically oversized ears who dreamt of becoming a knight. Banished from his home for having such lofty ambitions, Despereaux (the voice of Broderick) sets off on an amazing adventure with his good-hearted rat friend Roscuro (the voice of Hoffman), who leads him on a very noble quest to rescue an endangered princess and save an entire kingdom from darkness. (Gary Reber)
Special features include a sneak peek of Curious George 2: Follow That Monkey!, the featurette The Tale Of Despereaux: A (Mostly) Non-Fictional Making Of (HD 11:41), two deleted songs: "It's Great To Be A Rat" and "Soup," five scene progressions (script, storyboard, layout, animation, final lighting) (HD 35:08), the Top Ten Uses For Oversized Ears (HD 01:20), Make Your Own Soup Game, a Card Creator, U-Control picture-in-picture Bonus View, plus BD Live interactivity.
The 2.35:1 1080p VC-1 picture is wonderful! Resolution is incredible, with every pore, whisker, and texture finely resolved. Colors are nicely saturated and warmly hued. Contrast is excellent, with deep, solid, inky blacks and superb shadow delineation. The imagery is very dimensional, and widescreen visuals are impressive. This is an amazing animated rendering that is reference quality and is sure to fully engage your visual perception. (Gary Reber)
The DTS-HD Master Audio™ 5.1-channel soundtrack features a fully engaging and dynamic orchestral music score, with a wide and deep soundstage that wraps aggressively into the surround, for an impressive holosonic® surround experience. Every instrumental timbre is distinctly heard. Atmospheric sound effects and Foley are well produced and provide enhanced directionalized sound. Sigourney Weaver's narration is perfectly executed. ADR dialogue also is well recorded and is perfectly intelligible, exhibiting no bloated sonic character. Bass extension is deep at times, extending in the .1 LFE channel to below 25 Hz. This is an absolutely sonic delight. (Gary Reber)